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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

To all my quilty friends,

I wish you a day filled with love, joy, peace (and quiet?). A day spent with family (by blood or by choice!). A day spent quilting, eating, or whatever you most like to do.

Merry Christmas,

Monday, December 16, 2013

IQSCM--another beautiful quilt!

Dear all,

As most of the country is blanketed in snow (or in my case, cold dreary rain! yuck!) I thought this post from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum was rather timely.  Nothing takes the blues away than a quilt from a warm island!

Here is the link:

I've also cut and pasted the article, in case you can't click on the link:

Beauty of Hilo Bay
Maker unknown
Made in Hawaii, United States
Circa 1930-1950
IQSCM 2005.015.0001

European and American missionaries brought Western-style quiltmaking to the Hawaiian Islands in the late nineteenth century. The Hawaiian natives already possessed a quilted textile tradition, called kapa moe, but these pieces were not pieced or appliquéd, rather they were painted with natural dyes depicting motifs based on natural forms.
Although no firm documentary evidence has yet been found, missionaries also may have brought papercutting as well as scherenschnitte-style quilts to Hawaii. At least one scherenschnitte album quilt is known to have been made by a mission society for a minister who was preparing to leave for Hawaii.
However they were introduced to the technique, by the 1870s Hawaiian women began to create fold-and-cut appliqué motifs for quiltmaking.
Unlike the American scherenschnitte quilts, Hawaiian quiltmakers covered the entire surface of their quilts with a single large motif rather than a series of smaller ones. This format, distinct from any other appliqué tradition, makes Hawaiian quilts unique in the world of quiltmaking, as do their unique appliqué designs.
Hawaiian women look to native vegetation for inspiration in creating their cut-out motifs, creating strikingly original patterns like awapuhi (red ginger) and ahinahina (silversword). Hawaiian quiltmakers transformed a skill they had acquired from outsiders into a quintessentially Hawaiian art form.
This quilt was featured in our inaugural exhibition, “Quilts in Common: Around the Globe and Across the Centuries.”

And here is a picture of the quilt:

Quilt Of The Month

I finished one of the items on my to do list for next year. (I cheated and sent my boys to Grandmas).  Have you made a list for next year yet?  Would love to hear what your goals are for next year and if I can help you accomplish them!

Until next time, keep quilting!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Patchwork in Paraguay

I have been browsing older issues of magazines lately and came across the article, “Patchwork in Paraguay” (The Quilter, Dec. 2011, p.24).  This article features Sylvia Hill and how she has teaches sewing classes to the women of Limpio, Paraguay.  She started teaching with only used clothing in the beginning.  The benefits these women receive from quilting are the same that I have experienced~ self esteem, creativity, gifts for family members, and therapy against depression and stress.  She also notes the more educated a women becomes the less poor they become.  They are able to earn money by selling the items they make.

To learn more about this project, Sylvia has a blog, visit 

I would love to hear about a sewing organization you have been involved with!  Please comment below.  Leave a website or other contact info too!
Keep quilting!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Official UFO list for next year

I'm writing the list and making it public.  My goals for next year:

Hand projects:
Hexagon quilt--piecing
Wool/flannel cape with appliques
Crochet fabric strips from scrap box

Machine projects:
GFG--the one I posted about a few weeks ago.  I started quilting it
 and the thread kept breaking.  I took a break. lol
Curtain for LR (not a quilt, but it needs done!)
Bright BOM--plan to do QAYG method
CWBOM--also a QAYG method planned
Scrappy Crazy quilt--foundation pieced using scrap box.

Would love to hear about your goals for next year.  Let me know if cutting
 your pieces for you would help you get them done faster!

keep quilting...